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Expanded studes’ discount fare sponsored by Angara

  • Written by Camille P. Balagtas
  • Published in Nation
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Senator Edgardo “Sonny” Angara has sponsored the bill that seeks to expand the coverage of the 20%
student fare discount to not only include land transport, but also air, water and rail transport all
year round.

Angara said it is high time that the government take into consideration the limited capacity
of Filipino students who are just relying on their meager allowances from their parents.
    
“This measure will definitely bring a sigh of relief not just to over 20 million public and
private students but also to their families. This is especially more significant to the beneficiaries
belonging to the indigent, and underprivileged sector that rely on public transport services,” added
the senator.
    
Under the bill, all students enrolled in basic and tertiary education institutions, including
technical-vocational institutions, will be entitled to a 20% discount on regular domestic travel fares
-- including jeepneys, buses, UV Express vans, taxis and transport network vehicle services Grab and
Uber, MRT, LRT, domestic flights -- upon presentation of their duly issued school ID or current
validated enrollment forms.
    
Such discount will be effective throughout the year including weekends, summer breaks and
holidays.
    
Students taking up post-graduate studies such as medicine, law, masteral and doctoral degrees,
and other short term courses of seminar type will not be qualified to avail the discount.
    
Meanwhile, Filipino students who will travel abroad for education, training, and competition
will be exempt from the payment of travel tax upon proper showing of proof or documentation of
intended purpose.
    
The proposed measure prohibits the availment of double discounts or combination of the student
fare discount with other discount programs.
    
“Nalalapit na ang holiday season at siguradong mag-uuwian sa kani-kanilang probinsya ang mga
estudyante. Dahil may 20% discount na, mas magaan na sa bulsa ang pamasahe para tiyak na kumpleto ang
pamilya sa pagsalubong ng Pasko at bagong taon,” Angara said.
    
For example, students who will go home to Davao can save up to P2,000 on their round trip
airfare which currently costs about P10,000.
    
Land, water, air and rail transportation utilities that refuse to grant student discount will
be penalized with a fine ranging from P5,000 to P200,000.